Hamilton Naturalists’ Club seeking volunteers

This post, from June 25, has information on volunteering opportunities to remove buckthorn at Captain Cornelius Park (and volunteering with goats in Aldershot)

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

Do you love goats? Would you like to meet some goats (in Aldershot)? Do you want to help keep a quaint little forest in Ward 8 free of an invasive species? This post may be for you.

For more details, please continue reading below…

Volunteers from the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club are helping to care for the forest at Captain Cornelius Park by weeding out invasive buckthorn shrubs.

Captain Cornelius Park, located in the Rolston neighbourhood, contains a 6 acre forest that provides important habitat for many birds and other animals. It also has a welcoming trail for users and residents to enjoy its shade and see local wildflowers bloom.

Unfortunately there is a lot of buckthorn which is an invasive shrub that takes over an area once it becomes established. Approximately 40% of the shrubs in the Captain Cornelius forest are buckthorn, which can cause natural habitat such as wildflowers and tree to not be able to grow in sections of the forest.

The HNC has worked steadily over the last number of years in attempting to remove the buckthorn with the help of local volunteers. If this is something of interest, you can click here for more information.

The HNC also has an exciting initiative involving goats (yes, goats!) taking place at the Sheelah Dunn Dooley Nature Sanctuary to help manage invasive buckthorn shrubs and you can join them!

A variety of dates and times are available for you to visit and/or volunteer to help the goats with their work to manage invasive plants. You’re welcome to visit

Training and tools are provided, you just need to bring gloves (if possible). It’s also recommended that you bring water, sunblock and bug spray and that you wear shoes (not sandals) and long pants.

You can find out more (and volunteer) with the EcoGoats here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ecogoats-at-the-sheelah-dunn-dooley-nature-sanctuary-tickets-348324988417

Questions or concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact our office here.

Councillor John-Paul Danko